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Subject: RE: UKNM: Toys R US - site, outdated - w
From: Leslie Bunder
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 10:27:52 GMT

hasn't WalMart taken some legal action against Amazon.com recently? I
think it was to do with something over the systems Amazon.com has which
owe much to WalMart.

Leslie Bunder, technology writer, Teletext on the Web

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Coyle [SMTP:tony [dot] coyleatapldigital [dot] co [dot] uk]
> Sent: 27 January 1999 19:01
> To: uk-netmarketing
> Subject: RE: UKNM: Toys R US - site, outdated - w
> Nice reply and good advice. WalMart 10 years ago managed to change and
> attack it's US competitors via investment in just-in-time ordering
> systems. Doesn't take brain surgery to realise the marketplace is
> shifting again, if WalMart are smart they will change again. Bet they
> do.
> Tony Coyle, APL Digital.
> > These companies,, (Toys r' us, WalMart, KMart, Sears, etc...) can't
> afford
> > to go on the web, and can't afford to have people shop online. Why?
> If they
> > do, they canibalize (forgive the spelling) their own stores. These
> stores
> > have millions upon millions upon millions of dollars invested in
> stores,
> > people, parking lots, bricks, mortar, etc... If they start selling
> on the
> > web full force, they eat into what they've spent so much money to
> build.
> You're not wrong, and it's one of the major problems with both the
> mind set
> of companies who 'want to be on the Web' and the consultants that they
> bring in to advice them.
> The basic, unpalatable truth is that their business is going to be
> eaten by
> online stores, and if that's going to happen you might as well eat
> your own
> sales, rather than have a competitor eat them for you. It's all a
> question
> of timing.

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